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Oregon State Rail Plan Update Committee


The February 19th Steering Committee Meeting Materials are now available for review.


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) developed the first State Rail Plan in 1978, and most recently the Agency updated it in 2001. The Rail Plan is a state modal transportation plan under the 2006 Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP) and a key element of Oregon's transportation planning program.

The 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) increased the level of state involvement in rail transportation and rail planning. PRIIA requires states to produce and update a state rail plan to establish policy, priorities and implementation strategies for freight and passenger rail transportation.

Back to Main State Rail Plan Page.

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A Steering Committee, appointed by ODOT's Director, represents key stakeholders and subject experts and will help produce a comprehensive, long-range and strategic Rail Plan for Oregon that:

  • Sets forth state policy involving freight and passenger rail, including commuter rail operations,
  • Identifies statewide rail policies, programs, strategies and potential funding sources,
  • Presents strategies to enhance rail service in the state that benefits the public, including improvements in connectivity to transit and other modes of transportation,
  • Serves as the policy basis for federal and state rail investments throughout Oregon.

Steering Committee Membership List
Steering Committee Charter - Adopted 1/17/2013

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Committee Meetings

Meeting 1 - January 17, 2013 (9:00am - 12:00pm) - Local Government Center, 1201 Court Street NE, Room 113, Salem

Meeting 2 - February 21, 2013 (9:30am - 2:00 pm with working lunch) - Keizer Community Center, 930 Chemewa Rd NE, Room A (Claggett Creek), Keizer

Meeting 3 - April 18th, 2013 (9:00am - 12:15 pm) - PDX Conference Center located in the PDX Airport Terminal Building

Meeting 4 - June 20, 2013 (9:00 am - 12:15 pm) - Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street NE, Salem
Note: There is a free customer parking garage located diagonally across the intersection from the building.

Meeting 5 - August 23, 2013 (9:00 am to 12:15 pm) - ODOT Region 4 Headquarters, 63055 N. Highway 97, Bend

Meeting 6 - September 17, 2013 (9:00 am to 12:15 pm) - Umpqua Business Center, 522 SE Washington Ave., Roseburg, OR 97470

Meeting 7 - October 11, 2013 (9:00 am to 12:15 pm) - Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street NE Salem, OR

Meeting 8 - January 17, 2014 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm) - Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street NE Salem, OR

Draft State Rail Plan Freight Rail Needs Assessment
The Draft State Rail Plan Freight Needs Assessment will provide a baseline for technical elements of the Draft State Rail Plan. Comments and/or corrections are welcome, but the document is not expected to be a primary agenda item for upcoming meetings.

Meeting 9 - February 19, 2014 (12:00 pm to 4:00 pm) - Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street NE Salem, OR

* Includes Draft Vision, Goals, Policies and Strategies

Draft Technical Memorandums that will inform Future Draft Plan Appendices

Tentative Future Meeting Dates

Meeting 10 - TBD - Review Public Comments, Develop Final Recommendation 

Note: Site locations will be posted in advance of each meeting

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